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5 Most, Least Diverse States

WalletHub considers race, religion, politics, and more

(Newser) - The same three states leading the country in racial diversity also lead the pack when it comes to socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household, religious, and political diversity, according to WalletHub . The site considered a host of metrics from race and language to educational attainment for its ranking of all 50 US... More »

Huge NYC Arson May Have Been Unusual Revenge

Homeless man allegedly set fire after being booted from sleeping spot

(Newser) - Fire officials believe a homeless man ignited a seven-alarm blaze that ripped through a parking garage at a Brooklyn shopping mall Monday, leaving more than two dozen people injured. Six civilians and 22 of more than 250 responding firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries, including smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion, after plumes... More »

Wall Street Pay Seems to Have Long Forgotten Recession

Average salary for those in the NYC securities industry in NYC: $422,500, highest in a decade

(Newser) - If you've been fretting over how the folks on Wall Street are doing lately, rest easy: The New York state comptroller says they're fine. Better than fine, actually, per Thomas DiNapoli, who notes the average securities-industry salary in New York last year rose 13%, to $422,500 (with... More »

'Slob' Mocked for Shaving on Train: 'My Life Is All Screwed Up'

Anthony Torres, caught in viral video, says he was trying to clean up after stay in a homeless shelter

(Newser) - A man mocked online after being recorded shaving at his seat on a NYC commuter train says he was just trying to clean up after days in a homeless shelter. Anthony Torres, 56, tells the AP that people judging him on social media don't appreciate his struggles. "My... More »

Cynthia Nixon's Bagel Choice 'Basically Criminal'

Lox on cinnamon raisin? New Yorkers are horrified

(Newser) - Digging into a slice of pizza with a fork is one surefire way to horrify New Yorkers. Another is putting fish on a cinnamon raisin bagel, as Cynthia Nixon did on Sunday. Though it's apparently a thing , the Democratic gubernatorial candidate's "sweet and salty" deli order of... More »

Under the WTC, a 'Poignantly Defiant' 'Rebirth' From 9/11

Cortlandt Street subway station destroyed on 9/11 finally reopens

(Newser) - It's been left off the NYC subway map for almost 17 years after it was destroyed and buried under rubble on 9/11—but a "quietly, poignantly defiant" version of the Cortlandt Street subway station under the World Trade Center is now open again for business. Redubbed WTC Cortlandt,... More »

Emirates Flight Quarantined at JFK After Reports of Illness

Port Authority, CDC personnel on the scene

(Newser) - Something unusual may be afoot on Emirates Flight 203, which landed at John F. Kennedy airport in New York Wednesday and was quarantined, per NBC New York's sources. They say roughly 20% of the 500 passengers on board the flight, which departed from Dubai, reported feeling sick. Sam Sweeney... More »

Rising Dem Star to the Media: You're Banned

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bars reporters from 2 events

(Newser) - Seems President Trump isn't the only one with media issues . Now rising Democratic star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has entirely banned reporters from two town-hall-style events, CNN reports. The congressional candidate hosted the "listening tour" community meetings last week—one in the Bronx on Wednesday and one in Queens on... More »

Coach Accused of Throwing Punch in Tourist's NYC Death

Jamill Jones charged with misdemeanor assault

(Newser) - A single punch may have destroyed the life of a rising college basketball coach—and ended the life of a Florida man who was visiting New York City for his stepsister's wedding. Police say Jamill Jones, an assistant coach at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, surrendered to police... More »

Mother of Fetus Found in Plane Toilet Identified

18-year-old from Brooklyn may have had 'botched abortion,' per law enforcement officials

(Newser) - More details are emerging after the gruesome find this week of a fetus in the bathroom of an American Airlines plane at New York's LaGuardia Airport. Law enforcement officials tell the New York Post that the mother has been identified as an 18-year-old Brooklyn teen who rushed into the... More »

12-Year-Old Tourist Who Vanished From Airport Found Safe

JinJing Ma, who disappeared from Va. airport, was found with parents in NYC

(Newser) - A frantic hunt for a possibly abducted 12-year-old girl from China who vanished from Reagan National Airport on Thursday has ended with a sigh of relief. Local, state, and federal authorities, including the FBI, were all involved in the search for JinJing Ma, who officials said Friday had been found... More »

He Was Driving to Work in NYC. Then a Tire Came Flying

NYPD maintenance worker Robert Martinez, 64, killed in freak accident on Brooklyn expressway

(Newser) - An early morning commute to his maintenance job at NYPD headquarters ended in tragedy for a Staten Island man Wednesday. Police tell ABC News that 64-year-old Robert Martinez was driving his 2003 Chevy Tracker east around 6:30am along the Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn when the unexpected and unthinkable happened:... More »

Cops: Murder Suspect Used Dating Sites to Lure Victims

Connecticut's Danueal Drayton says he has killed up to 7 people, though cops are still investigating

(Newser) - He was on probation in Connecticut; eyed as a suspect in a New York murder; and now has been busted across the country for rape and attempted murder. Danueal Drayton offered some other crimes to cops in Los Angeles when he was arrested and charged there last week, per the... More »

Lawmaker Puts Tracking Device in Sign, Nabs Suspected Thief

Man's lawyer claims sign was only collected as required

(Newser) - A month ago, a Republican lawmaker from New York accused critics of stealing his campaign signs. After then installing a tracker in one, Rep. Tom Reed now claims to have proof. According to Reed's campaign, a stolen sign reading "Extreme Ithaca Liberal" was traced to the home of... More »

Very Special 'Student' Makes Appearance in School Yearbook

Oscer the service dog shows up right next to a photo of 8th-grader Hudson Golebiewski

(Newser) - A service dog has his own photo in an upstate New York middle school's yearbook. Oscer accompanies 14-year-old Hudson Golebiewski, an eighth-grader who has autism, to the Vestal Middle School. Like the other students, the 3-year-old golden retriever was photographed against a gray background and was placed in the... More »

ICE Detains Pizza Guy at NYC Army Base

Pablo Villavicencio, who's married to a US citizen and has no criminal record, is set to be deported

(Newser) - Pizza deliveryman Pablo Villavicencio says he'd delivered food to Brooklyn's Fort Hamilton many times before. But last week, the 35-year-old undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant found himself detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the US Army base. Now he faces deportation, the New York Times reports. CBS News and... More »

A Family Didn't Feel Well. Then They Found More Silver Droplets

AC installer charged after mercury found in Queens home

(Newser) - Silver droplets on the floor of a Queens home provided the first sign that something was amiss. A further probe into Roman Pinkhasov's air-conditioning vents, where more of the silver material was found, led to the guy who had installed the units—and now that guy, 48-year-old Yuriy Kruk,... More »

With a 'Smirk,' Weinstein Turns Himself In to NYPD

Disgraced film producer will reportedly be brought up on charges of rape, forced oral sex

(Newser) - "Today a man whose actions were so egregious that they spawned a global reckoning has been taken into custody." That man, described in a tweet by the Time's Up organization, is Harvey Weinstein, who USA Today says turned himself in to the NYPD and Manhattan District Attorney'... More »

30-Year-Old Evicted by Mom, Dad Is Giving Bizarre Interviews

Michael Rotondo says he's 'been trying to get out for years'

(Newser) - Michael Rotondo is apparently happy to figure out his next move, which, thanks to a judge's order , must involve an actual relocation out of his parents New York home, where he's lived rent-free for eight years. "I've been trying to get out for years," the... More »

How New Yorkers Dealt With Ranting Lawyer: Mariachi Party

Protesters gathered outside Aaron Schlossberg's apartment Friday evening

(Newser) - If Aaron Schlossberg really is bothered by people speaking in different languages, he maybe got an earful Friday night. A party of sorts, complete with music and maracas, erupted outside of the Upper West Side apartment of the New York City lawyer caught on video berating restaurant workers for conversing... More »

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